Families of the 18-year-old boy and the 16-year-old girl, who were found crushed to death on the railway tracks near Anand Vihar station Saturday, laid the blame for the death of the two in different quarters.
Police prima facie suspected it to be a case of double suicide, as they found a suicide note in the boy’s pocket. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Railways) Milind Dumbre said police are awaiting the autopsy report before confirming the same.
While the girl’s father said her death was an accident, the boy’s father alleged that the two were murdered by the girl’s family which was opposed to their relationship. Both families also insisted that no suicide note was found on the couple, contrary to reports in the media.
The boy had disappeared on March 2, shortly after he left his coaching centre at 5 pm. He and the girl attended classes at the same centre. The girl too disappeared the same day after she left home at 4 pm. “In my opinion, they did not run away… if he wanted to run, he would not have taken his school books… He would have taken money from the house or from his friends… But only Rs 20 was found on them when the bodies were discovered,” said the boy’s father. He added, “We suspect they (the girl’s family) kidnapped and tortured the children and forced them to commit suicide. They knew they were together. They objected to it and took this step.”
While the boy had told his father about the relationship, the girl’s father claims she had told no one at home about the boy.
“We first heard of him when we went to the coaching centre after our daughter did not return home from her class. The children there told us that a boy had also gone missing,” said her father.
He added that when they attempted to file a case at Shakarpur police station that night, the officer in-charge insisted that they wait until the next morning to file a missing persons report to avoid their “daughter’s name being sullied”.
The boy’s family, however, alleged police did not listen to them.
The boy’s sister said, “When we went to the police station, the girl’s family was already there. When we tried to speak to the station house officer, he refused to listen to us. We feel the police has not done enough. Had investigation been conducted properly right from the start, the two could have been saved.”
(Sakshi Dayal is an intern with The Indian Express)